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at the hospital. i want to go to the america hotel. i like hotel. i need a bath. >> earlier today, ntsb chairwoman deborah hersman said the investigation into what exactly happened on asiana's flight 214 is just beginning. joining me now, nbc news correspondent, tom castillo. tom covers aviation and has been reporting on this story since the crash. and tom, what do we know about the possible array of possible causes at this moment in the crash? >> reporter: well, let me set the scene for you here. behind me is the remains of flight 214. sitting out there on runway 28 left. you can see that, well, in a minute you're going to see planes have been coming and going right by it all day. what we know now is that there were three captains onboard that plane, as well as a first officer. and one of those three captains was training to -- training may not be the exact precise language -- but was in his final hours of learning how to fly the 777. now, he had flown many other aircraft for some time including the 747. he had 10,000 hours of experience, but only 43 on the 777 and he was on his first approach at
below 137. it wasn't just give or take a few knots. >> the ntsb says it could take months to come up with a definitive cause with no evidence of mechanical error. all signs are currently pointing to pilot error. joining me now from san francisco is nbc news correspondent tom costello. tom, what are we learning at this point about the plane's final moments and the latest on the injury totals? >> reporter: well, the latest on the investigation is that -- by the way, over my shoulder is where the plane rests just on the other side here of the water. you can see the burned-out shell sitting there. ntsb investigators are on the scene, along with fire an rescue personnel. what they are focusing really on here is why was this plane coming in so low and so slow. it was coming in well below 137 knots. ideally when you want to come in here and land a 777 at san francisco, you want to come in at 137, maybe plus 5 knots to be safe. they were well below that, 15 or more knots below 137 so this is a concern to investigators. this was an experienced crew but the guy who was actually at the controls
board officials about saturday's deadly plane crash at san francisco airport. this afternoon the ntsb agents planned to speak with the flight crew on-board asiana flight 214. the focus is centering on the pilot who only had 43 hours logged on that 777 aircraft. tom costello is live in san francisco. tom, what about the possibility of pilot error? >> reporter: clearly that is going to be on the ntsb's radar here as they try to figure out what happened. the reason they are looking at that is because we know this plane was coming in very low and very slow at between 100 and 116 knots. generally when you come in to a landing here at san francisco international airport with a 777, you want to be at 137 knots, then add five knots for safety. out there on the runway behind me, you see the broken shelf flight 214 out on runway 28 left right now. investigators going through that wreckage, piece by piece, and they will do that for the next several days. this will be a long exhaustive process and you can imagine it is going to take some time but we do know that that pilot you were talking about,
lives. >> and just last hour ntsb investigators held a press conference. they gave some more information about the pilot who was at the helm. according to officials, the head pilot was experienced but only had about 43 hours of experience on a boeing 777. now, they plan to interview all four pilots today. nbc's tom costello is in san francisco, where ntsb officials just wrapped up their press conference. tom, what more did we learn about the cause of this terrible crash? >> reporter: i don't think we know a whole lot about the cause. i would caution us to remember that it's going to take weeks, months to come up with an actual cause. one point of clarification. we don't know yet exactly who was at the controls. we believe the pilot who had only 43 hours in a 777 yet 10,000 hours of total experience, we believe he was at the controls, but the ntsb hasn't clarified that yet. we're not yet clear on whether he was the senior person in that cockpit or not. in other words, did the person who was training him have more total hours, have more seniority with the company, or did the pilot with few
new in that role. that's also something that the ntsb will be looking at. another thing the ntsb is now looking at is whether or not one of the victims, 1 of the 2 16-year-old chinese girls who was killed in this crash whether her death was brought about because she was struck by a fire rescue truck responding to this. the driver of that truck acknowledges he may have come in contact with her, but the question is whether that was responsible or somehow contributed to her death. meanwhile, about two dozen passengers remain hospitalized. seven of them in critical condition. some of these people have very severe injuries. some missing limbs, broken bones, and in some cases permanent injuries such as paralysis. >> i know the doctors found that people with, they walked in, but they had under further examination and after scans were taken, e rx-rays, had profound spinal injuries. injuries that weren't noticed at first. one question is the fact that apparently two of the chutes deployed inside the plane rather than externally? are they looking into that? >> that's exactly right. that's
all four pilots who were aboard. the head of the ntsb says the plane struck the sea wall on monday, and part of the tail was found in san francisco bay. for the first time we're hearing from the first responders who rushed into the burning aircraft. >> we kept on trying to get the crew -- they're really brave. they wanted to stay with the plane and make sure everybody was off. we kept saying, get down, get down and officer lee and i turned around and looked at the wing of the plane, gushing with fuel right next to us. we got to get out of here, get out of here, let's go. >> pictures emerged of the two chinese middle school girls killed in the crash. authorities are looking into the possibility one may have been struck to an emergency vehicle responding to the scene. >>> over 30 people still missing after a grisly train crash in quebec and the owner of the train says he is certain it was tampered with and they have evidence. "usa today" says they responded to a fire aboard the same train earlier friday night. later the tanker car somehow came loose after the operator parked it for t
unaccounted for. more information is coming to light how that accident happened. the ntsb says the tankers involved have a history of puncturing after accidents. >>> a federal judge in wisconsin blocked enforcement of a new line signed by governor walker who allows doctors lacking privileges for performing abortions. the judge said it had troubling lack and set a new hearing. >>> smoke and ash shot out in mexico's volcano you see right there. it's happened over the past several days prompting four u.s. airline carriers to suspend flights. >>> for your first look at business we turn to courtney reagan. >>> consumers broke out their credit cards in may. this is another sign they're optimistic about the economy. the consumer credit jumps to 8%, the biggest monthly gain in a year and shows a willingness by people to build up their balances. >>> barnes & noble ceo says they continue to lose money with nook sales, wiping out profits from traditional books. >>> 7-eleven isn't skimping on slurpees. it's shedding out the cups they hand out on july 11th. they plan to hand out 7 million free slurpees
we're expecting an ntsb press conference within the next hour on the latest developments in the san francisco plane crash. "hardball" is next. >>> the defense's strongest witness takes the stand. let's play hardball. good evening, i'm in for chris matthews. leading off tonight, it was a big day for the defense in the george zimmerman trial with a key medical expert backing up zimmerman's account of the shooting. vincent di maio is a forensic pathologist hired by the defense. today he testified that the physical evidence was consistent with zimmerman's account that martin was leaning over him when the shot was fired. that's important, since zimmerman said he shot the unarmed teenager in self-defense, and the self-defense has argued that george sblirm man's wife and wounds. the defense may be winding down its case. how important was today's testimony in establishing reasonable doubt. craig mel man. craig? >> reporter: michael, good evening to you. that's the distance that dr. di maio was from martin. that was one of his highlights from the testimony today. he went on to say that the g
one of them may have been hit by an arriving fire engine. on the ground, ntsb investigators have been walking the length of the runway inspecting a scattered trail of debris. the landing gear sheered from the fuselage and the interior of the plane itself, oxygen masks hanging, seats twisted and broken. >> the lower portion of the tail cone is in the rocks at the seawall. and there was a significant piece of the tail of this aircraft that was in the water. >> reporter: we learned that the pilot new to flying the 777 and his training pilot allowed their air speed to drop well below the 137 knot target for landing as they descended quickly. three seconds before the crash, the plane was stalling at just 103 knots. not a mistake you expect from veterans. >> there was a lack of interaction between the two pilots. the pilot that was actually manipulating the flight controls and a pilot who should be monitoring air speed and altitude and sync rate. >> reporter: the ntsb says it wasn't until four seconds before the crash there were any system warnings of a stall. investigators plan to intervie
's just running. >> this afternoon, ntsb chairwoman deborah hersman said investigators plan to interview the pilots tomorrow, and she had this to say about the current state of the investigation. >> they're now reviewing manuals in training. they're working to conduct 72-hour work rest histories. and those 72-hour histories are really looking at the pilot's flight and duty time, their rest opportunities, and the activities that have taken place in the days leading up to the crash. in our investigations, we're often looking for things that might affect human performance, like fatigue, like illnesses or medication, like health issues. and so, we will be looking at all of those things to see if there are any impacts on their ability to perform their jobs. >> joining me now, pilot and aviation lawyer arthur walt. arthur, thanks for being here. i don't remember a case like this of such catastrophic consequences, where on the tip of everybody's tongue, even if they're not saying it, seem to be the words, "pilot error." at this early stage, is that your assessment? >> yes, there's no question a
the discussion. >>> more on the trial of george zimmerman when we come back. top of the hour, it's an ntsb investigation. stay with us. [ thunder crashes ] [ female announcer ] some people like to pretend a flood could never happen to them. and that their homeowners insurance protects them. [ thunder crashes ] it doesn't. stop pretending. only flood insurance covers floods. ♪ visit floodsmart.gov/pretend to learn your risk. her long day of pick ups and drop offs begins with arthritis pain... and a choice. take up to 6 tylenol in a day or just 2 aleve for all day relief. all aboard. ♪ >>> we continue with our coverage of the george zimmerman trial, and i'm joined once again by dr. lawrence kablinsky, a professor at john jay college here in new york. dr. kablinsky, what do you expect the defense, since they've almost completed all of their witnesses, there may be another one tomorrow, we're uncertain at the moment, but how do you expect them to finish? >> i knew they would end quickly. i didn't think they would end this quickly. i would think you would want to end with a bang, an expert
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